Join the US Government for #TradeChat and Get Your Exporting Questions Answered

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Export, trade and finance related agencies across the federal government are teaming up during World Trade Month - May 2013 - to host a series of Twitter Q&A’s for U.S. companies. Businesses can participate by tweeting their questions using the hashtag #TradeChat during the scheduled times.

Twitter chat

This Twitter chat series will provide U.S. companies with exporting solutions, including information on the resources available to begin or expand exporting goods and services to overseas markets. The Twitter chats will also provide an opportunity for firms to ask questions and connect directly with the U.S. government agencies that support President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) and – a new one-stop resource for small businesses and exporters.

Schedule and topics:

Thursday, May 9th at 2:00pm EDT: Export Opportunities

Information about export assistance, international business partnership programs, match-making, and market research will be shared. U.S. companies will also learn about the new website and how this one-stop resource can help businesses begin exporting or increase their exports.

Thursday, May 16th at 2:00pm EDT: Financing

Export financing is often a key factor in a successful sale. U.S. companies should be aware of the many financing options available from U.S. government agencies to assist them with the export and trade process. This Twitter chat will provide firms with more information about the available financing options, including buyer financing, insuring foreign receivables, and working capital loans and guarantees.

Thursday, May 23rd at 2:00pm EDT: Training and Travel Opportunities

U.S. government agencies often host training, webinars, workshops, seminars, trade missions and trade fairs for U.S. companies interested in doing business overseas. This Twitter chat will provide firms with the knowledge they need to utilize these resources and events and connect directly with foreign buyers.

Joining the discussion

To participate, at the starting time, sign into your Twitter account and submit a question on the topic using hashtag #TradeChat. Agencies will respond to as many Tweets and questions on the topic as possible. Questions can also be submitted in advance using the online form on

For information the Twitter chat series, visit A live feed of the chats will be broadcasted and archived on USTDA’s website for individuals who are not connected to Twitter.

Highlights from the Twitter chat series will also be available on Storify at

Participating Agencies and Organizations

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency
International Trade Administration
Small Business Administration
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Department of State
Minority Business Development Agency

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